March 8, 2011 / 1:22 PM / 7 years ago

Colombia troops free 19 kidnapped oil workers: government

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian troops have freed 19 of more than 20 local oil contractors working for Canadian operator Talisman Energy, who were snatched a day earlier by suspected rebels, the government said on Tuesday.

Troops were pursuing the kidnappers in the remote eastern jungle region to free the remaining hostages, the minister of defense said.

Reporting by Patrick Markey; Editing by Vicki Allen

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